NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/CBS Chicago) — New Yorkers have been gearing up to root for the Mets as they take on the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, but at one East Village bar, the fans will be rooting for the other side.
Kelly’s Sports Bar, at 12 Avenue A just north of Houston Street, bills itself as the only Cubs bar in New York City, Lisa Fielding of WBBM Newsradio in Chicago reported Friday night.READ MORE: NYPD: Tourist From Ohio Wounded In Shooting Inside Manhattan 7-Eleven
“It’s going to be absolutely, utterly insane this weekend,” manager Al Landess predicted on the eve of Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cubs and the Mets.
“We get some locals and diehards every once in a while,” Landess said, “but in the eight years we’ve been here, the Cubs never really did very well. The momentum is building and we’ve been on a roll ever since. We will have 95 percent Cubs fans here tomorrow and Sunday.”READ MORE: MTA Set To Resume 24/7 Subway Service Early Monday
Landess told WBBM Newsradio the owner of Kelly’s decided to go with a Cubs theme after visiting Wrigley Field about 10 years ago in hopes of attracting the kind of people he met in Chicago’s Wrigleyville section.
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The bar manager said any Cubs fans who happen to be in New York will feel right at home.MORE NEWS: Confused About COVID-19 Mask Guidance? Here's The Current State Of Play In New York City
“Our windows are painted with Cubs, we have Cubs banners in the bar, we have Cubs memorabilia all over the walls. It’s noticeably a Cubs bar. We even painted a mural of (Cubs Manager) Joe Maddon on the wall,” Landess said.